Let’s get straight to the point, this film set out from the very beginning to upset and gross out it’s audience. It has virtually something for everyone to be offended by… incest, murder, homophobia, bestiality and rape so I can guarantee you are in for one hell of a ride.
Set on the beautiful Greek island of Mykonos, the film follows the exploits of a young couple on a murder spree. You will not believe some of the ways that some of the victims are dispatched and shows that the film is a product of a director with a vivid imagination which made it one of the original ‘video nasties’.
As it was made in the 1970’s some of the gore effects are a little dated but in no way does that diminish the shock value of the film. With all the unpleasantness going on, did I find it offensive? No not at all, but then I am am pretty hard to upset. It was made to push buttons, the director Niko Mastorakis has admitted that in interviews. It’s all a little campy at times with some pretty amateurish performances but Bob Belling as Christopher is very good as the god fearing psychopath. Jane Ryall as Celia is equally effective but in a different way, her performance is so wooden (it should be sponsored by B&Q) but for some unknown reason it just works.
Arrow have done a nice job with the blu-ray as the film has been restored and is rammed full of extras. We have film historian Stephen Thrower discussing the film at length, alternative credits, an interview with the director, trailers and a nice featurette where Nico Mastorakis returns to Mykonos.
Island of Death is essential in any horror fan’s collection as it a totally unique experience although it is very hard going especially for that poor goat.